by Steve M Nash
(Brockholes, W Yorkshire, England)
Weekly Wonder Online: 52
This is the online archive of The Weekly Wonder. And this FINAL (full-length) edition discusses inspirational quotations about the power of being yourself - learning from yourself, taking responsibility - from several authors, in both text and video form.
"I never wanted to be different; I just wanted to be me." -- Unknown
"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." -- Henry Van Dyke
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else." -- Anonymous
"We all know the answers, sometimes we just need help remembering that we know - and be willing to live with the knowing." -- Paula Renaye
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." -- e e cummins
What I Wonder...
Listen to my thoughts about Maya Angelou's quote in the video below...
(NOTE: Yes, *I* wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)
How cheeky and presumptions of me to talk about my own inspirational (?) quote - words that I made up one morning. I mean, who am I to do this? Don't I need to be famous or something; don't I need to have written some best-selling self-help book?
Well, maybe you have a point.
Still, here I am! Here's me sharing my wisdom about trusting yourself; talking about the importance of BEING yourself (not a facsimile thereof) and about the FULL responsibilities that come with doing just that.
Yes, these inspirational quotes about being yourself, that I've shared here, are a mix of quotations about taking responsibility for the good, the bad and the indifferent that goes on in your life - for being your own guru, as it were, being your own guide.
And they include an inspirational quote by me.
There are also quotes about the glory that is being yourself, and the courage it takes to achieve that glory!
So, as I say in the video above - and I'm writing this, interestingly, before I've even said a word in the video: I'll be recording it this very afternoon (Jul 22nd, 2011) at my favourite place in the whole world, Castle Hill in Huddersfield (England) - our life really is our responsibility...
Whatever you want to believe in - whatever religion, or non-religion that does it for you, whatever 'belief system' - it all boils down to... YOU!
(And I'm sure if you take a close look at any belief system, any religion, you'll find this note of caution about being responsible for your own life pervades throughout. And if not, you need to look closer - much closer!)
So when it comes to self-help, it's important to find someone to learn from, and then to apply those teachings AS YOU SEE FIT to your life.
Likewise, when it comes to what you have faith in - listen, read, and make YOUR understanding of it as you apply it to your life.
And when it comes to lofty matters like love, life and learning - YOU MAKE THE RULES!
Repeat, don't let anyone tell you what life can be for you, what love can mean for you, nor what you should be interested in learning more about.
For example, I've often been told that I think too much. In some ways - the ways that make me miserable, and unhappy - I do. And in other ways - the ways that fascinate me (the human condition, the meaning of life, and why I can never write 3 words where 1 will do!) - I most certainly DO NOT think too much, for me! This - is - my - life. I get to do what I want...)
And this is your life!
Live, love, and learn YOUR way!
That Frank Sinatra dude was right when he summed up his life, triumphantly, via the words, "I did it my way".
So. I believe that you should learn from others but teach yourself. And you might disagree with this. And, naturally, that's fine!
These words are true for me. This is where I stand. Namaste.
What YOU wonder?...
Of course, your views at the Self Help Collective website are just as important as mine. So I'd love to know your thoughts on being yourself in general, or on any of these inspirational quotes about being yourself (taking responsibility), I really would. And if you'd like to comment on my own inspirational quote then I'd like that too... You can leave comments below! :-)